Pastor Kayla Bonewell

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Rev. Kayla Bonewell was born in Oklahoma City. She earned a BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University (2002), a Master of Liberal Arts from Naropa University (2004), and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California (2008). Ordained in the United Church of Christ (2010), Kayla has ministry experience as a hospital chaplain, campus minister, social justice activist, youth minister, and associate pastor. Her personal mission statement is “To empower community, through experiences of the divine, to lead lives of deep meaning, while cultivating health, peace, and beauty in our world.” She is passionate about relevant worship, spiritual growth, and community engagement. Kayla is a member of the inaugural class of the UCC’s “Next Generation Leadership Initiative,” a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. She was awarded “Forty under 40 in Oklahoma City Leadership” in 2016, and received an “Oklahoma Human Rights” award from Amnesty International in 2018.


Susan Dillard

Choir Director

Susan Dillard, a recent graduate from Oklahoma City University’s Master’s program in Musical Theater, is proud to be entering her third year as director of Church of the Open Arms’ choir. When not making music at COA, Susan is adjunct voice faculty at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and at OCU. She also teaches a Music Appreciation class at Oklahoma City Community College. Susan loves to perform as much as she enjoys teaching and she has found so much joy through singing and leading choir rehearsals at Open Arms and is so grateful for the family she has found at our church. She looks forward to all the opportunities that OKC and COA have in store. In the meantime, come sing with us! All are welcome!

Sannie Hoyt

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
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Sandra “Sannie” Hoyt was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and got as far as Stillwater, OK where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology in 1988.  The  1st 33  years of my working career was with my dad, in the field of Commercial Real Estate Appraisal.  In addition to this, I am very proud to now be the Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant at Church of the Open Arms.  Although not literally, I wear many “hats” and enjoy making this world a better place, every chance I get.  Free time is kind of illusive, but I love to spend what I do have, spoiling my dog, Vivian, and all the other animals I get to spend time with.  I also have a deep passion for music, finding beauty in the ordinary, and spending time with all my loved ones.

Sydney Stanfield

Nursery Staff

My name is Sydney Stanfield and I am currently I student at OSU-OKC. I’m majoring in Business Management in hopes of owning my own vegan-friendly restaurant and start other plant-based projects! I enjoy working with young children and creating bonds with them. My mother was a big influence in my decision of working with children since she had a home daycare when I was a child.

Lay Leadership





2021 Executive Council 

President: Adrian Maxey

Vice-President: Linda Herndon

Past-President: Conna Wilkinson

Treasurer: Kevin Kerr

Secretary: Christa Woods


Ministry Leaders 


Adult Faith Formation: Mark Herndon, Conna Wilkinson, Pam Schonauer

Blessing Box & Clothing Closet: Marian Hulsey & Donna Karns

Building and Grounds:  Ron Bashant 

Care Ministry:  Christa Woods

Children’s Faith Formation:  Lisa Wolfe & LiErin Probasco

Church Relations: LiErin Probasco, Kenny Wright-Bass, Steve Ross & Pam Schonauer

Community Life: Bo & Kenny Wright-Bass

Financial Secretary:  Sandra Hoyt

Food Pantry:  Laura Choate, Mandy Spencer & Jessica Flores

Funerals & Special Events: Sandra Hoyt

Greeters & Hospitality: Linda and Mark Herndon

Labyrinth Ministry: Pam Schonauer

Liturgical Design: Dwana Hill and Beverly Evans 

Media Ministry: Kenny Wright Bass 

Small Groups: Nancy Sharp

Social Justice:  Nathaniel Batchelder, Donna Compton, Nancy Sharp

Worship & Music:  Gloria Weiss, Mike DeArmond, Nancy Sharp, Mindy Hellwege, Kenny Wright-Bass

Youth Group & Confirmation: Pastor Kayla & LiErin Probasco